99 decided that the defence of the frontier abutting on the Mussal- man territory should be entrusted to Caudapa and Bhadrapa. He summoned them to the durbar, and having informed them of the contemplated Muhammadan invasion said : " We invest you with all the powers of the lords of the marches to protect the frontier exposed to Muhammadan attacks stationing your- selves at Candragutti and Keladi. We grant you the eight magams of Keladi, Ikkeri, Perbayal, Elagalale...IVlodur, Kelise and Latavadi, as &jaglr which may be held by you and your descendants for ever rendering help to us. Krsnaraya then granted them a charter and conferred upon them the royal privileges and insignia. He also declared that Caudapa should thenceforward be styled as ' Caudapa of the Keladi-mula* samsthanaS Then he sent them to their posts with an army consisting of elephants, horses and infantry. The brothers who were greatly pleased by the special honour shown to them departed to Ikkeri where Caudapa formally installed himself as chief on Magha su. 3 of the year Siddharthi corres- ponding to S. S. 1422.* Keladinrpavijayam, Canto 1, pp. 21-6, 113. K5§NADffiVARAYA'S CONQUESTS. Kr§naraya was crowned king of Vijayanagara on the throne set with nine gems in the month of Caitra in Raktaksi, Saka 1426 and protected the kingdom jointly along with his younger brothers Acyutaraya and Rangaraya and his minister. He organised a mint under the name Kr§$amurti, made an endowment in it for Ranganayaka, then renovated the Vijayanagara fort, constructed the forts of Penukottai and Candragiri, gathered a large army besides many elephants and horses, and with a view to acquire dominions went to the Dravi^a country, took possession of the forts of Kanci, Jinji, and Velur, strengthened the fort of Velur, and having placed his men and princes in it, was protecting the kingdom justly. * This date is equivalent to January 8, A. D. 1500. If Ca.u«Japa's installation took pkce en this date, the Raya at whose instance he asuuned charge of Ikkeri could not have been KjjnadfvarSya.